is a service similar to Google Maps
that shows satellite images of the Moon
. It was launched by Google
on July 20
, the 36th anniversary of the Apollo 11
lunar landing. The landing site of each of the Apollo
missions is shown on the satellite image, providing more information on each mission as the user zooms in.
The first version of Google Moon only included low-resolution satellite imagery of the entire Moon, and when zoomed in too far, a Swiss cheese pattern would appear.
The current version of Google Moon has three modes.
Apollo provides information about each of the Apollo
missions, including placemarks, maps, images, video, and Street View
-style panoramas, all provided by NASA
This mode provides the satellite imagery for the Moon, provided by the Clementine mission
This shows a false color
rendering of the Moon's elevation.
A Charts layer is also available. This shows charts for certain areas of the Moon's surface.
According to the Google Moon FAQ page
, Google is working to allow Google Moon to be viewed using the Google Earth